Nowadays, great coffee alone does not make for the perfect café. Whether it’s for working, studying, or checking your feed, free WiFi tops the list of needs. Lucky for you, the Metro has a lot of cafés that serve up great coffee and tasty café grub with a side of free, fast Internet.
SGD Coffee Bodega
Tucked away in a quiet area of Maginhawa is this hidden gem. SGD seems like it was made for studying or working—there’s an abundance of outlets, and reliable WiFi to boot. Plus, working at this café is a full-sensory experience. The occasional roast and grind of coffee beans at the Coffee Science Center are sure to give you your second wind. And if that isn’t enough, reach for their Affogato (P155)—it won’t disappoint.
SGD Coffee is at 45 Maalalahanin Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.
Frank & Dean Café x Kitchen
Frank & Dean is a go-to for those looking for a place to work after a hearty meal. This hip take on the ’50s diner sits in not-so-hectic Burgos Circle. Follow up your Southern Fried Chicken (starts at P270) and Paprika Fries (P190) with a Basic Brew (P85) that calls for no cream or sugar. A strong jolt of caffeine and speedy Internet should help you finish work in no time.
Frank & Dean is at Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle.
Speedy WiFi and lots of great food are bound to make you linger at Refinery. With so much good stuff on their menu, you’ll want to try more than just one thing. Our top picks? The Hangover Pasta (P250) and Valrhona Mocha (P185/hot, P205/iced), or their anything-but-basic Salted Caramel Latte (P165/hot, P185/iced). It goes without saying that you should hit this spot on an empty stomach.
Refinery is at Joya Lofts and Towers, Rockwell Center, Makati City; and Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan City.
Single Origin is ideal for those working solo who hope to squeeze in some work between meetings. Just make sure to locate the tables with the outlets, and you’re good to go. Reward yourself with their sought-after Truffle Fries (P180), or a Moscow Mule or two at happy hour.
If you love working in an aesthetically pleasing spot, then KANDLE Café is the place for you. This bright, open space is perfect for group meetings, or when you need extra space to spread out your work materials. Perk up with a cup of their Flat Black (P150), which goes well with any of their decadent desserts or the KANDLE Burger (P250) which comes with a 100% beef patty topped with red pesto, cheese, and fresh veggies.
KANDLE Café is located at 113 Mother Ignacia, Quezon City.
Habitual Coffee has got your work and study spaces covered wherever you are, with branches north and south of the Metro. Their Frozen Flat White (P180) will become a new favorite, with a zing that’s perfect for jumpstarting productivity. Combine that with their fast WiFi, dropping by this café should become a habit.
Habitual Coffee is at 2135 Chino Roces Avenue, Legazpi Village, Makati; Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio; and Ayala Malls Vertis North, Quezon City.